Music Mondays: Tom Grennan, Let’s Eat Grandma, And Many More

Music Mondays: Tom Grennan, Let’s Eat Grandma, John Coltrane, The Essex Green, Gwenifer Raymond, and The Night Flight Orchestra

Sorry, music fans. With family in town last weekend, I couldn’t disappear on everyone to whip up a post for you. I’m making up for it this week, though, with new music from Tom Grennan. You’re also getting last week’s treats from Let’s Eat Grandma, John Coltrane, The Essex Green, Gwenifer Raymond, and The Night Flight Orchestra. Ready? Let’s dive in!

Tom Grennan: Lighting Matches

Tom Grennan: Lighting Matches

Lighting Matches, the debut full-length album from Tom Grennan, personifies truth in advertising. The album is a firecracker wheel that Grennan lights and it explodes throughout. It’s nice to know Grennan had several career options as he passed up a football (or soccer) and acting career before sticking with music. His vocals remind me of an Irish/English Chris Robinson (formerly from The Black Crowes), but obviously without the Southern US influence. The arrangements are straight indie rock. Three rotations through the album and I’m finding more to like.

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Let’s Eat Grandma: I’m All Ears

Let's Eat Grandma: I'm All Ears

Sophomore slump? Not for Norwich’s Let’s Eat Grandma. I’m All Ears is the flower first blooming from the psychedelic sludge-pop of their I, Gemini debut. They’re growing and evolving both as song writers and musicians. No other musicians are credited on this album, but there are quite a few producers (like SOPHIE) and engineers. So either they learned to play more instruments or they created some excellent backing tracks. Kudos to them for their two sprawling tracks Cool & Collected and Donnie Darko.

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John Coltrane: Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album

John Coltrane: Both Directions At Once

There are many words I could attribute to John Coltrane as an artist or, more accurately, as an icon. The sad fact is jazz is like Nickelback. It’s either love or hate. If you love jazz, you will love Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album. If you hate jazz, this album won’t change your mind. If you’re a curious mind, you might read Pitchfork’s article for much more detail than I have time to provide.

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The Essex Green: Hardly Electronic

The Essex Green: Hardly Electronic

The Essex Green released their fourth full-length studio album (sixth if you count their Basement Tapes Vol 1 &2), Hardly Electronic. I’m always fascinated when a band has released more than three albums and yet I’ve never heard any of them before. For me, this album answers the question What would The New Pornographers sound like if they recorded in the late 60s?

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Gwenifer Raymond: You Never Were Much of a Dancer

Gwenifer Raymond: You Never Were Much of a Dancer

Unlike someone I know, I’m not going to ding Gwenifer Raymond for her parents’ indecision to pick a single first name. She had no say in the matter, so it’s not her fault. What she does have a say in is You Were Never Much of a Dancer‘s content. Like upbeat folk guitar? Great! Like infectious, borderline frenetic banjo? Outstanding! This has plenty of both. This is what folk music sounds like with a punk approach. The track Sometimes There’s Blood makes me wonder if she’s referencing her fingers.

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The Night Flight Orchestra: Sometimes the World Ain’t Enough

The Night Flight Orchestra: Sometimes The World Ain't Enough

The Swedish progressive/retro rockers, The Night Flight Orchestra, are back with Sometimes the World Ain’t Enough. If you want a trip down 80s Rock Memory Lane, this is your album. Listen to this album and let’s discuss how many bands from that era you can hear.

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